LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Twitter says they have restored Actress Rose McGowan’s account after being criticized for muting one of the more outspoken figures in the sexual harassment scandal surrounding former movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.
McGowan — one of a growing number of actresses and women who have accused Weinstein of sexual harassment, misconduct, and rape – posted a screenshot of the message she received from Twitter on Instagram overnight.
The 12-hour suspension comes in the wake of McGowan cursing out actor Ben Affleck on the platform for saying he had no previous knowledge of Weinstein’s history of sexual misconduct.
Kate Beckinsale was the latest to come forward Thursday, revealing that Weinstein came on to her when she was just 17.
I was called to meet Harvey Weinstein at the Savoy Hotel when I was 17. I assumed it would be in a conference room which was very common.When I arrived ,reception told me to go to his room . He opened the door in his bathrobe . I was incredibly naive and young and it did not cross my mind that this older ,unattractive man would expect me to have any sexual interest in him .After declining alcohol and announcing that I had school in the morning I left ,uneasy but unscathed.A few years later he asked me if he had tried anything with me in that first meeting .I realized he couldn't remember if he had assaulted me or not .I had what I thought were boundaries – I said no to him professionally many times over the years-some of which ended up with him screaming at me calling me a cunt and making threats, some of which made him laughingly tell people oh "Kate lives to say no to me ." It speaks to the status quo in this business that I was aware that standing up for myself and saying no to things,while it did allow me to feel uncompromised in myself,undoubtedly harmed my career and was never something I felt supported by anyone other than my family.I would like to applaud the women who have come forward , and to pledge that we can from this create a new paradigm where producers,managers,executives and assistants and everyone who has in the past shrugged and said " well, that's just Harvey /Mr X/insert name here " will realize that we in numbers can affect real change.For every moment like this there have been thousands where a vulnerable person has confided outrageous unprofessional behavior and found they have no recourse, due to an atmosphere of fear that it seems almost everyone has been living in .I had a male friend who, based on my experience,warned a young actress who said she was going to dinner with Harvey to be careful. He received a phone call the next day saying he would never work in another Miramax film ;the girl was already sleeping with Harvey and had told him that my friend had warned her off.Let's stop allowing our young women to be sexual cannon fodder,and let's remember that Harvey is an emblem of a system that is sick,and that we have work to do.
There are now reports that police in New York and England have opened investigations into some of the reported allegations.
Affleck himself has also experienced collateral damage from the Weinstein scandal, after a fan tweeted a reminder that Affleck groped “One Tree Hill” actress Hilarie Burton on MTV’s “TRL.”
Affleck apologized for the incident Wednesday.
Twitter is also drawing criticism for its decision to suspend McGowan’s account.
Twitter says McGowan’s account was temporarily locked because one of her tweets included a private phone number — a violation of Twitter’s Terms of Service. The explanation wasn’t enough for Twitter critics.
Weinstein was spotted Wednesday flying out of Van Nuys Airport for Arizona to check himself into a rehabilitation center specializing in sex addiction. Before he left, TMZ reported he argued with his daughter outside her Fairfax District home. There was a call to police reporting a person making suicidal statements, but officers who responded to the location determined it was a family dispute.
McGowan herself alleged in 2016 that she was raped by a studio head, but did not name her rapist. Last week’s New York Times report did say McGowan reached a $100,000 settlement with Weinstein in 1997 for “an episode” in a hotel room during the Sundance Film Festival. McGowan is among dozens of women have come forward since explosive reports were published in the New York Times and the New Yorker, detailing decades of sexual misconduct and harassment involving young actresses including Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ashley Judd, and Rosanna Arquette.